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Welcome To The Nerve-Wracking Reality Of Being Finland

To a casual visitor, it seems like yet another Western European country, a placid paradise with its abundance of bicycles, its obsession with its own mid-twentieth-century design, and stores that close punctually at six in the evening. The Finns feel otherwise.

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What Made This Man Betray His Country?

How a troubled past turned a Soviet military engineer into one of the CIA’s most valuable spies.

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How To Save A Sinking Coast?

In the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana’s losses have overshadowed the restorative steps it has taken.

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Today’s College Students Can’t Seem To Take A Joke

They wanted comedy so thoroughly scrubbed of barb and aggression that if the most hypersensitive weirdo on campus mistakenly wandered into a performance, the words he would hear would fall on him like a soft rain, producing a gentle chuckle and encouraging him to toddle back to his dorm, tuck himself in, and commence a dreamless sleep.

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Kay, Zales, And Marketing Diamonds To The Middle-Class Man

They know their shopper is in the middle class with an income of $35,000 to $100,000, and they’ve figured out how to serve them.

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Reddit: A Nine-Year Case Study In Absentee Management

Over the years, many big media companies have acquired promising startups only to inadvertently throttle their growth through excessive meddling. Condé Nast’s original policy of noninterference allowed Reddit to flourish early on, but it also let major problems fester.

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Could An Old-School Tube Amp Make The Music You Love Sound Better?

Audiophiles have no use for emotional words like “warm,” but isn’t “pleasing to the ear” what I want? In the world of high-end hi-fi, which is where you need to go if you want to learn anything meaningful about tubes and tube amplifiers, the answer to that seemingly simple question is just about always “no.”

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Inside A Florida Fight Club's Quest For The High Seas

How one fight fed took off the gloves, booked a cruise ship, battled the weather and ended up in a warehouse – just to produce its first PPV.

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Why Are Donor Eggs Almost Taboo?

Sperm donation is socially acceptable but donor eggs still provoke a wave of unease about blood relations and motherhood.

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Out Of The Woods

After decades of semi-secrecy, a commune for LGBTQ nonconformists has slowly begun to join the mainstream.

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The Man Who Found The Titanic Is Not Done Yet

Thirty years ago, Bob Ballard discovered the wreck of the Titanic. He could have stopped there. Yet today, at seventy-three, he remains the world’s most vigorous ocean explorer.

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Can We Reverse The Aging Process By Putting Young Blood Into Older People?

A series of experiments has produced incredible results by giving young blood to old mice. Now the findings are being tested on humans.

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Can We Ever Design The Ideal City?

It might be pleasing to dream of arcologies, mega-cities, and space colonies — but no one can design the perfect human community.

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Imagine Going To Prison For A Crime You Didn't Commit. Now Imagine It's For Murdering Your Child

Meet the lawyers fighting to close the innocence gap.

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Living Without A Sense Of Smell

Losing your sense of smell takes away more than scents and flavors — it can fundamentally change the way you relate to other people.

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My Life Unmasking British Eavesdroppers

Our discussion was considered so dangerous that we — two reporters and a social worker — were placed on the top floor of the prison maximum security wing, which guards told us had formerly held terrorists, serial murderers, gang leaders and child rapists. Meanwhile, police stripped my home of every file, every piece of paper I had, and 400 books.

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Great Leaps Forward In Ice Cream History

​It’s one of the most complex food products you’ll ever consume: a thermodynamic miracle that contains all three states of matter — solid, liquid, and gas — at the same time. And yet no birthday party, beach trip, or Fourth of July celebration is complete without a scoop or two.

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John Hughes' Original National Lampoon Vacation Story That Started The Movie Franchise

In 1979, National Lampoon magazine published the future director’s fictitious tale of a family trip gone horribly awry. The Hollywood Reporter reprints the tale that launched an iconic movie series.

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Death At The Elvis Museum

A month before Ferguson erupted, an old white man in Mississippi, famous for his shrine to the King, shot and killed a young black man. Police cleared him. Two days later he was dead.

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Jennifer Pan's Revenge

The inside story of a golden child, the killers she hired, and the parents she wanted dead.

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